Meet Doug Thurmond! Coach Thurmond, his wife Jackie, and four boys are a major part of the Jefferson community. Coach Thurmond is an alumni, teacher, and wrestling coach at Jefferson High School. His passion for his community is seen in everything he does.
As the wrestling coach at Jefferson, Coach Thurmond has coached 21 state championship teams; building one of the most decorated wrestling programs in the Southeast.
We would like to thank Coach Thurmond for sitting down with Mikey Porras, a student at Jefferson High School, for this interview.
Question: What inspired you or lead you to your current career?
Answer: “I guess a couple of coaches. Coach Jim Stoudemire and Coach Jack Keen, who I had in school, I enjoyed them so much and what they did and how they had an influence on me. So, I wanted to do the same thing.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “I’ve lived in Jackson County all my life, other than going to college. I lived down in Athens when I went to the University of Georgia, but I’ve lived in Jefferson all my life. I’ve worked at Jefferson since 1996. I worked in Hall County from 87’ to 96’ at another high school and then I’ve been at Jefferson since then.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “People. I just like the people in Jackson County and Jefferson. Seems like everybody gets along pretty well. Everything’s pretty neat around here. It’s not a real, real small town anymore, but yet it’s still not a big metropolis or a big town and I like that.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I don’t know. I like singing with a couple of guys at church so I guess that would be interesting. I am an avid classic rock listener and as far as knowing lots of rock trivia, I read a lot of books on either individuals or groups on old classic rock.”
Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Jackson county and why?
A: “Crawford Long Pharmacy is pretty nostalgic just because Fred Gurley’s down there. Everybody loves Fred. Fred’s a hometown guy. He also is older brother to Coach Bob Gurley who is a teacher here at Jefferson. So both those brothers stayed in town. I think that’s pretty nostalgic as far as hometown and people. And of course it’s got the name of Crawford Long, so that’s pretty nostalgic, too.”
Q: What three words mean home to you?
A: “It would probably be five words. I would have to change it, and that would be Jackie, Cam, Cason, Tanner, and Tyson. Those are my four boys and my wife.”
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